Whittington, Wiseman lead the Way
Whether they’re called a tag team or co-chairs, David Whittington and Michael Wiseman agreed to lead Harrison County’s 2004 campaign for United Way.
‘We’re excited for the opportunity’ to serve, said Whittington, the complex manager for Tyson Foods in Corydon.
Don Gossman, advisory board chair of Metro United Way in Harrison County, made the announcement last Wednesday.
‘We are pleased to have the commitment of two outstanding community leaders to meet the challenge of this year’s campaign,’ Gossman said. ‘They bring a wealth of volunteer experience and energy to the effort.’
Wiseman, senior vice president and chief financial officer at Community First Bank in Corydon, is a member of Metro United Way’s Community Solutions Committee, one of several committees that evolved from what until recently was known as the Community Investment Team.
Last week, as the two chairs met with Gossman and United Way resource development associates Melissa Cummings and Becki Rucker and one of last year’s co-chairs, Barbara Middleton, Wiseman received some good-natured ribbing when he asked some questions about spreadsheets that were provided to him.
Wiseman is also president of the board of the Harrison County Convention and Visitors Bureau and board member of the Chamber of Commerce of Harrison County. He earned his bachelor’s degree in human and organizational development in 1994 from Vanderbilt University and his master’s in finance and accounting in 1998 from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt.
Wiseman and his wife, Jennifer, have three sons.
Whittington, who moved to Corydon five years ago, is a graduate of Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. He and his wife, Kim, have two children, Austin and Amber.
Whittington’s first involvement with United Way was in 1992 when he served as a ‘loaned executive’ and called on Lowe’s lumber yard headquarters in North Carolina.
‘We get so caught up in our daily lives that sometimes we don’t always remember there are people in the community with a lot of need,’ Whittington said of his decision to remain active.
Last year, Whittington served on the campaign cabinet for Middleton, Bill Taylor and Sam Uhl. He also is a member of the Metro United Way Advisory Board, he chaired the 2001 Harrison County Heart Walk, is vice president of the Indiana State Poultry Association, serves on the board for the YMCA of Harrison County and Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of the Corydon Rotary Club.
Cummings asked everyone to support the community by responding positively to Whittington’s and Wiseman’s requests for campaign support at both the business and personal levels.
‘It’s my first year to work with the Harrison County campaign,’ she said. ‘We hope to ‘grow’ the campaign’ over last year.
In 2003, the Harrison County United Way campaign raised a little more than $367,000, which helped fund 11 programs in 10 agencies in the county. In one way or another, the campaign touched the lives of two out of three people in the community.
Whittington and Wiseman hope to have a campaign cabinet selected by July 21. Cabinet members will help contact businesses and individuals about this year’s effort and help arrange for a presentation, if desired, by United Way volunteers.
Rucker said the volunteers and United Way staff are available to discuss statistics and the services provided by United Way.